• On January 11th Dr Frances Fahy visited Exeter University Geography for the PERG new researchers workshop, sharing her experiences on sustainable transitions
  • Dr Eimear Heaslip received her PhD award from GMIT in November 2017. Her research supervised by Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gabriel Costello, employed A Transdisciplinary Approach to explore Low Carbon Energy Transitions in Irish Islands.
  • Dr. Patrick Collins attended The Cultural Policy Observatory of Ireland Inaugural Conference on October 22nd 2016 at Queens University Belfast.  Dr. Collins delivered a presentation on ‘Work and Employment’.
  • Dr. Patrick Collins delivered a presentation called ‘Galway and the Creative Economy’ at the 2016 Social Sciences Research Centre Annual Conference onOctober 20th at National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • On October 24th Dr Frances Fahy was at Options West Open Day in the Galway Bay Hotel. Talking about the BASS degree
  • Dr. Patrick Collins delivered the presentation ‘Bidding for Culture: The European Capital of Culture’ at the Spaces and Flows International Conference on October 13th 2017 at the University of Hull.
  • On October 4th Dr Mary Greene presented “Researching Dynamics of Everyday Life: Domestic consumption and how it changes – a critical geographical investigation” at Whitaker Institute Seminar Series, NUI Galway
  • In October and November 2017, the Creative momentum team delivered Creative Steps, a new product innovation programme over 6 weeks at NUI Galway. The programme brings together two creative businesses interested in co-developing a new product idea. It assigns the businesses a team of multidisciplinary students who work on developing the new product idea using the Creative Steps methodology which combines face to face workshops with online seminars and meetings.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh delivered a 2 hour lecture to marketing and business students to support the implementation of the Creative Industries Strategic Action Plan focusing on ‘Creative industries research possibilities in Donegal’ on October 4th 2016 at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
  • On October 3rd Dr Frances Fahy was appointed to board of European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption & Production at the ERSCP 2017 General Assembly
  • On October 2nd Dr Frances Fahy presented on “Ruptures and Routines, Energy Use in an Island Life” at the 2017 ERSCP conference in Greece
  • On September 21st Dr Eimear Heaslip gave a TedX talk on her research on co-creative community energy planning in Inis Oírr.
  • On September 20th Elaine Williams presented on her PhD research on Conceptualising Conservation Volunteering in the Burren at the Whitaker Institute Ideas Forum
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh and Dr. Patrick Collins delivered a paper at the UNESCO/UCCN conference: Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development on September 13th 2016 at Mid-Sweden University, Östersund. The paper was called: ‘Lies, damned lies and indices? Improving the use of composite indicators as a measurement tool for cultural and creative sector development’.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh and Dr. Patrick Collins presented the paper ‘Tailoring approaches to creative sector development in peripheral European regions’ at the Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association Irish Branch on September 9th 2016 at National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • On September 4th Dr Frances Fahy received the NUIG Presidents award for research excellence
  • On August 30th, Dr Frances Fahy presented on the ENERGISE project the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017conference
  • Dr. Patrick Collins delivered a talk ‘Social Networks and connections between creators’ at Aarhus University as part of Aarhus 2017 on September 12th 2017.
  • From August 29th to September 1st Dr Mary Greene presented ‘Energy Biographies: Exploring the intersections of lives, practices and contexts’ at the Royal Geography Society Annual Conference in London
  • Dr. Patrick Collins delivered a talk ‘Accounting for Culture: The case of Galway’ at Aarhus University as part of Aarhus 2017 on August 16th 2017.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh and Dr. Patrick Collins organised the half-day seminar ‘Screen Industries on the Periphery: Policy and Practice’ on July 12th 2017 held at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh was interviewed on the Keith Finnegan Show on July 12th 2017 on Galway Bay FM about the ‘Screen Industries in the Periphery’ event held at National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Also on July 12th Dr. Aisling Murtagh and Dr. Patrick Collins hosted a visit to Telegael, a production company in Spiddal, Co. Galway for eight production companies from a creative momentum project partner regions attending the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh.
  • In July 2017, Dr. Patrick Collins and Prof. James Cunningham’s book ‘Creative Economies in Peripheral Regions was published by Palgrave MacMillan.
  • On Jun 28th Dr Frances Fahy was selected as one of Enterprise Ireland’s 2017 Irish champions in EU research. She attended the awards ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
  • On June 21st, Dr Eimear Heaslip presented on the ENERGISE project at the SEAI’s “Towards Zero – National Deep Retrofit Conference”.
  • On June 20th Dr Gary Goggins presented on the ENERGISE project at the ShapeEnergy EU conference in Lyons.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh and Dr. Patrick Collins attended the 2017 Regional Studies Association Annual Conference: The Great Regional Awakening at Trinity College Dublin. They presented at the panel session on Entrepreneurship (Firms, Institutions, Culture and Environment) on June 5th 2017. The presentation focused on the entrepreneurial environment and creative entrepreneurship in peripheral places.
  • On 2nd June Dr Frances Fahy launched the CONSENSUS report at the NUI Building, Merrion Squaure with Prof Anna Davies (TCD), Prof Henrike Rau (LMU) and Dr Mary Jo Lavelle.
  • On 1st June, ENERGISE held its project meeting in Dublin from the 1st to the 3rd of June in the NUI building, Merrion Square. The team also held an expert panel workshop with international of energy experts as part of the 3-day event. For more information on the ENERGISE project, visit www.energise-project.eu.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh presented at the Whitaker Institute Brown Bag Seminar on May 26th 2016 at National University of Ireland, Galway.  The presentation was called ‘Made to measure? Developing a creative sector index for the northern periphery of Europe’.
  • Dr. Patrick Collins attended the 3rd Forum of Cultural Entrepreneurship Research Day on May 23rd 2017 at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Dr. Patrick Collins also delivered a presentation on ‘The geography of the creative economy in Europe’s northern periphery’.
  • Dr Frances Fahy attended the Energy for Tomorrow conference in Venice, Italy from the 10th to the 12th of May.
  • Dr Mary Greene, with Rebecca Mann (Flirt FM) has been hosting the Galway-based radio series: 'Transition Radio'. This show explores the social and cultural dimensions of sustainability transitions.
  • On May 4th, Dr Mary Greene presented on: “Socio-technical transitions & dynamics in domestic energy practices” in the “Community energy transitions: Shifts in perceptions, consumption and control” session at the CIG conference in University College Cork.
  • On May 4th, Dr Gary Goggins presented on: “Recruitment, decision-making and experiences of an energy retrofit scheme in a rural community” in the “Community energy transitions: Shifts in perceptions, consumption and control” session at the CIG conference in University College Cork.
  • On May 4th, Dr Frances Fahy presented on “ENERGISE: Developing an Energy Cultures Framework for Europe?” in the “Community energy transitions: Shifts in perceptions, consumption and control” session at the CIG conference in University College Cork.
  • On May 4th, Dr Eimear Heaslip and Dr Frances Fahy co-chaired a session at the CIG conference in University College Cork, titled: “Community energy transitions: Shifts in perceptions, consumption and control”.
  • On May 4th, Dr Eimear Heaslip presented on “Low Carbon Energy Communities in Irish Islands: A Transdisciplinary Approach” at the CIG conference in University College Cork in the session “Regimes of energy citizenship: Thinking beyond market driven paradigms”.
  • Dr Patrick Collins presented at the 2016 Whitaker Institute Research Day on April 13th at National University of Ireland, Galway. The presentation was entitled ‘Making the Case for Culture’.
  • Dr Mary Greene presented at the AAG Annual Meeting, Boston, 5th – 9th April. Her presentation was titled :‘Socio-technical change and biographic dynamics in practice’, AAG Annual Meeting, Boston, 5th – 9th April.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh delivered a talk ‘Peripheral regional development and creative entrepreneurship in the European Northern Periphery’ at the Whitaker Institute Research Day on April 6th 2017 at National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh and Dr. Patrick Collins published the article ‘Northern peripheries and creative capital: The nature of creative capital and its role in contributing to regional development in Nordic regions’ in the  Arctic Yearbook 2017, published by the Northern Research Forum, Akureyri, Iceland.
  • Dr. Patrick Collins, Prof. James Cunningham and Dr. Murtagh published the article ‘The geography of the creative economy in Europe’s Northern Periphery: A case study from the west of Ireland’ in the International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries, volume 4, issue 2, March 2017.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh delivered a 2 hour lecture to students of art and design on ‘Business models and creative industries’ on February 23rd 2017 at Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
  • Dr. Patrick Collins delivered the talk ‘Mapping Culture: How to Differentiate Places’ at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway on February 12th 2016 as part of the Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series.
  • Dr. Aisling Murtagh wrote an article for Arts Professional called Distant but not disconnected, which was published on January 26th 2017.
  • Dr. Patrick Collins was interviewed for the Whitaker Institute Podcasts Series in 2016. The interview The Geography of Economic Development and the role of Culture was published on May 17th 2016.
  • Dr Mary Jo Lavelle and Dr Frances Fahy gave a public lecture in Galway City Museum titled ’What’s Consuming Ireland?  Exploring expressed attitudes and reported behaviours towards the environment, quality of life and sustainable consumption on the island of Ireland’
  • As part of the SoGA’s Spring Lecture Series in Galway City Museum, Planning and Sustainability Cluster member, Dr Bridin Carroll, presented a public lunchtime lecture on ’ Locating the locale of local food’.
  • Fulbright Scholar Prof Thomas Cooke from University of Connecticut was an invited guest of the Planning and Sustainability Research Cluster and NUI Galway’s Population and Migration Research Cluster. Prof Cooke’s lecture on migration was supported by the Fulbright Commission.
  • Dr Frances Fahy was awarded the Tom Jones Hughes Prize for her research article on Community Mapping and was presented with the award in Trinity College Dublin on November 26th.
  • Three members of the Planning and Sustainability Research Cluster at NUI Galway were extremely successful in the September 2014 NESC call for research tenders. Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Bridin Carroll started a short research study on Sustainability Assurance Schemes in Ireland and Dr Philip Lawton received funding for a research study on sustainable housing in Ireland.  As the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) advises the Taoiseach on strategic policy issues relating to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in Ireland, these two policy relevant projects aim to analyse key contemporary challenges facing Irish society and to develop a shared understanding of how to tackle these challenges.
  • Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability Research Network Thinking Note Collections: Last summer, Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) and Aalborg University’s Center for Design, Innovation & Sustainable Transitions (DIST) hosted two workshops in conjunction with the BSA Climate Change Study Group (BSA CCSG). It was at these workshops that the ’Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability’ (PBES) early career researcher network was established. Planning and Sustainability Research Cluster member Mary Greene was a successful applicant in the call for participants in this network. 
    The two PBES workshops centred around the production of nine short ’Thinking Notes’ on potential sticking points, novel synergies and/or areas for future development in the PBES research literature. Concepts covered include: Time; Narrative; Codes and standards; Know-how; Feedback; Communities of practice; Systems of practice; Performance vs. entity; Materials at the boundary between professional and domestic practices. The final Thinking Note Collection, published by the BSA CCSG can be read online here.
    Following this, experts in the theories of practice produced a series of responses to either specific Notes or themes that crosscut the Collection as a whole.  It is hoped by all involved that these Thinking Notes can help to stimulate some discussion and debate in the field.​
  • Planning and Sustainability Seminar: The School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway are delighted to announce that Prof. David Gibbs is the guest speaker at the Planning and Sustainability Research Seminar taking place at 4pm Thursday 20th February 2014. David’s presentation ’ Tracking the Green Economy: Sustainability Transitions and City-Regions’ will take place in the Geography Seminar Room, Room 113 Arts Science Concourse, NUIG.  David Gibbs is Professor of Human Geography in University of Hull, UK. David's expertise is in the relationships between the environment, economy, sustainability and policy. He was recently elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. This award recognises the most distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors who are working in the social sciences today.
  • CONSENSUS: Featuring on RTE’s EcoEye programme and announcing further investment in their research on sustainable living, January 2014

consensus research CONSENSUS, a research project on sustainable consumption involving National University of Ireland Galway and Trinity College Dublin researchers, has successfully been awarded funding by the Irish EPA to carry out further research. CONSENSUS is the first all-island, large-scale research project examining solutions for sustainable consumption in Irish households with more than €1.3 million invested since 2009.

The project’s innovative and collaborative research initiatives have involved stakeholders in the Republic and Northern Ireland along with over 2,000 members of public. Today, CONSENSUS is announcing its next phase of research (CONSENSUS#2), which will run until December 2015 and will test novel methodologies for identifying and supporting innovations for sustainable consumption practices.

One aspect will be the development of a lifestyle segmentation model that will identify different segments of the population according to their environmental actions and attitudes. Speaking of the benefits of this research, Dr Frances Fahy of NUIG Discipline of Geography said, “this will assist in the development of tailored educational, policy and social media initiatives for sustainable behaviours in Ireland, helping to improve their effectiveness. The segmentation model will be based on the results of our survey of 1,500 people across Ireland - North and South”.

The first phase of CONSENSUS also revealed changes in people’s consumption behavior across the life course. CONSENSUS#2 will investigate how certain life events - for example moving home or having a baby – can affect consumption activities in relation to physical mobility, including car ownership and use and routes people choose for their daily travel. It will also make recommendations how to develop effective policies that focus on these life events to encourage more sustainable mobility practices like cycling, walking and public transport use.

‌ ANDROID Doctoral School Proceedings 2013

1st International ANDROID Disaster Research Doctoral School Proceedings.

(Eds.) Perera, S. Henriksen, H. Revez A. Shklovski, I.

Published by ANDROID Network (ISBN 978-1-907842-52-8)

Content: Interdisciplinary research papers in the area of disaster resilience

Planning and Sustainable Research Cluster Seminar, November 2013